Judicial elections, 2013
2013 election pages
- Main page: Louisiana judicial elections, 2013
- General information about elections in the state: Louisiana judicial elections
- Main page: New York judicial elections, 2013
- General information about elections in the state: New York judicial elections
- Main page: Ohio judicial elections, 2013
- General information about elections in the state: Ohio judicial elections
- Main page: Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2013
- General information about elections in the state: Pennsylvania judicial elections
- Main page: Washington judicial elections, 2013
- General information about elections in the state: Washington judicial elections
Louisiana, unlike the other states, did not re-elect any judges this year, but instead filled 26 open seats on its courts. Much of the action happened on or before the October 19th primary, leaving only 18 candidates competing for 9 seats in the general election. This is partly because, in Louisiana, unopposed candidates are automatically elected without having to appear on the ballot.
The closest races were for the Rapides and St. Tammany Parish Justice Courts. In Rapides Parish, Patricia Paul, a Democrat, edged out Republican Paula Brady with approximately 53% of the vote. The St. Tammany race was even closer, where Anne Thompson won approximately 52% of the vote over Darryl M. Taylor. In that race, both candidates were Republicans.
The highly sought-after East Baton Rouge Parish Justice Court position, won by Republican Larry Spencer, drew a total of seven candidates. However, at nine candidates, the race for Orleans Parish Traffic Court was the most crowded. Democrat Steven Jupiter won that seat in the end. In both races, only the top two candidates from the primary advanced to the general election.
For full results, see: Louisiana judicial elections, 2013.
The judicial elections in New York this year were mostly for municipal court seats. In many of these under-the-radar, local elections saw town and village court justices re-elected.
The higher-level trial courts saw plenty of action, especially for the supreme court seats, which attracted a large number of candidates. There were 31 supreme court seats up for election this year, spread across 11 of the 13 judicial districts. The New York City supreme court results are outlined below.
New York City supreme court races:
The results for New York City's supreme court races are as follows. The city contains the 1st, 2nd, 11th and 12th Judicial Districts. Between those four courts, there were 14 seats up for election this year.
- New York County: In the 1st Judicial District Supreme Court, Peter H. Moulton, Anil C. Singh and Debra James were elected to three seats.
- Kings County: In the 2nd Judicial District Supreme Court, 9 candidates competed in a crowded race for 5 seats. Bernard Graham, Desmond Green, Dawn M. Jimenez-Salta, Kenneth Sherman and Betty J. Williams emerged victorious.
- Queens County: In the 11th Judicial District Supreme Court, incumbents Robert J. McDonald and Jeremy S. Weinstein won re-election and will be joined on the court by Civil Court Judge Barry Schwartz.
- Bronx County: In the 12th Judicial District Supreme Court, incumbents Laura G. Douglas and Norma Ruiz were re-elected. Judge Julia I. Rodriguez, of the Civil Court, was also elected.
For full results, see: New York judicial elections, 2013.
In odd-numbered years such as this one, Ohio elects municipal court judges. Such elections for local judgeships are often uneventful. This year saw 58 incumbents unopposed for re-election in the general election. However, one dramatic race stands out...
Two candidates running for a position on the Akron Municipal Court were neck-in-neck after the election and had to wait for a recount to decide their fate. Jon Oldham sought to unseat incumbent Katarina V. Cook. At first, it looked like he might do so. When the first results were posted, Oldham led in the race for Seat 1 by only 16 votes. After provisional and additional absentee ballots were counted on November 18, Cook was 17 votes ahead of Oldham. The results were certified on November 26, 2013. An automatic recount was then triggered due to the close race. After the recount, Cook was shown to have won by 15 votes. In total, she had 13,888 votes to Oldham's 13,873.
The new judges who were elected are as follows:
- Molly Mack - Perrysburg
- Margaret Quinn - Oakwood
- Julie Ann Schafer - Akron
- Ed Wade - Cleveland
- Gil S. Weithman - Champaign County
- Andrew L. Zumbar - Alliance
For full results, see: Ohio judicial elections, 2013.
Pennsylvania, one of the more competitive states for judicial elections this year, elected 57 new judges in November. Still, there were few upsets. Approximately 26% of the total general election candidates were unopposed going into the general election and each of the 68 judges seeking retention got another term.
Many eyes were on the retention elections of Supreme Court Justices Ronald Castille and Max Baer, as well as that of Superior Court judges Susan Peikes Gantman and Jack Panella. All of these judges and justices were retained. Castille received the lowest percentage of votes in favor of retention, at 68.%, but that was still well beyond the 51% required for him to gain another term.
In only contested Superior Court race, Republican Vic Stabile emerged victorious, though the race was quite close. Stabile received 51.6% of the vote, while his opponent, Judge Jack McVay, Jr. of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, received the other 48.4%.
For full results, see: Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2013.
Washington's judicial elections this year were far from competitive. The few judges who ran for re-election all won new terms. Only one of them faced any competition. Three of them didn't even have to appear on the ballot. Due to the counties in which they were located, they were re-elected automatically following the election. For more information on the state's election laws, see this page: Washington judicial elections.
For full results, see: Washington judicial elections, 2013.
Wisconsin was the only state to hold a Supreme Court election this year (Pennsylvania held retention elections for two of its justices, but not popular elections). The re-election of Patience Roggensack was the highlight of the state's judicial races. She defeated challenger Ed Fallone with approximately 57% of the vote and will go on to serve another ten years.
The general election in Wisconsin was largely dominated by incumbents unopposed for re-election. Out of 37 total judgeships up for election or re-election this year, only 11 of those were contested in the general election.
- Dane County - Rhonda L. Lanford
- Dodge County - Joseph G. Sciascia
- Lincoln County - Robert R. Russell
- Marquette County - Bernard N. Bult
- Milwaukee County - Dave Swanson
- Ozaukee County - Joe Voiland
- Manitowoc County - Mark R. Rohrer
For full results, see: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2013.
- Summit County Board of Elections, Unofficial 2013 General Election Results
- Court News Ohio, "Updated Vote Totals in Akron Municipal Court Race Show Sitting Judge Winning," November 21, 2013
- Election Law @ Moritz: Relevant Ohio Revised Code Statutes - § 3515.011
- Akron Beacon Journal Online, "Cook holds onto Akron judge seat after recount," December 5, 2013